English Premier League Game-Week 36 Preview

Southampton’s Michael Obafemi scores a late goal against Manchester United, a goal which potentially could deny the Red Devils a UEFA Champions League ticket

Chelsea vs. Norwich City
Date: 14/7/2020
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Time: 8:15pm

Chelsea must fight tooth and nail to improve their top four prospects as they welcome relegated Norwich City to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

The Blues were disappointingly poor in an away defeat to Sheffield United on Saturday night and they just about only managed to hold on to third-place following Manchester United’s last-minute slump against Southampton.

Regardless of that outcome at Old Trafford, Chelsea are aware they are in a race against time to seal a top four spot, their last two league fixtures against Liverpool and Wolverhampton and with Manchester City having their two-year European competition ban overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), this game is a must win.

Considering Norwich have being extremely poor since the league’s restart and now have nothing to play for, we predict a one-sided scoring encounter which sees Chelsea emerge winners.

Prediction: Chelsea 3 – 0 Norwich

Burnley vs. Wolverhampton
Date: 15/7/2020
Venue: Turf Moor
Time: 6:00pm

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ slim prospects of creating an upset in their pursuit for the UEFA Champions League ticket sees them travel to face Burnley.

The Wolves returned to winning ways at the weekend, beating Everton after two successive defeats, but they must be extremely wary of an in-form Burnley team, who denied Liverpool victory at Anfield for the first time this season in the league and have the spoiler reputation.

This should be an interesting contest, one of three simultaneously kicking off at the same time on Wednesday.

We tip both teams to score and a draw to settle this game, a result which keeps sixth-place Wolves in a good position to earn a UEFA Europa League spot.

Prediction: Burnley 1 – 1 Wolves

Manchester City vs. Bournemouth
Date: 15/7/2020
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Time: 6:00pm

Bournemouth’s chances of relegation survival will require more than a miracle as they face a revived Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The Citizens have won by an identical 5-0 scoreline in their last two games, a scary form for the Cherries’ who wildly celebrated a rare home win against Leicester City on Sunday, a result which keeps them three points from within the bottom three.

This should be an extremely open game, especially Bournemouth who will want to take their chances by attacking, an invitation for City to completely unleash mayhem on their defence.

Manchester City to win and over 3.5 goals.

Prediction: Man City 4 – 0 Bournemouth

Newcastle United vs. Tottenham
Date: 15/7/2020
Venue: Saint James’ Park
Time 6:00pm

Newcastle United will aim to improve their poor as they host Tottenham Hotspur in a game which the maximum points are well within the Magpies’ reach.

Newcastle are winless in three straight games, picking up just a point in that period and against a Spurs team that have looked extremely vulnerable on the road since the league’s restart, the Magpies could fancy a unusual double over Tottenham.

We expect Newcastle boss Steve Bruce to make a few changes to his line-up, notably Danny Rose, who is ineligible to face his parent club, while Spurs academy graduate Nabil Bentaleb should earn a spot in midfield alongside Jonjo Shelvey in a game whose outcome should be decided by a high-scoring draw.

Prediction: NUFC 2 – 2 Spurs

Arsenal vs. Liverpool
Date: 15/7/2020
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Time: 8:15pm

Arsenal and Liverpool conclude Wednesday night’s matches at the Emirates Stadium, a fixture which traditionally always produces goals.

The Gunners’ four-game unbeaten run came to an end in rather unfortunate circumstances away to Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby on Sunday, after dominating possession for large spells of the contest, a consistent feature of Arsenal this season.

We expect Arsenal to go toe-to-toe against Liverpool, who have lost their invincibility since February and looked extremely vulnerable since the restart, but the Gunners’ greatest limiting factor has to be a porous defence comprising Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz, a combination which should largely contribute to another undeserved defeat in this game.

Prediction: Arsenal 2 – 3 Liverpool

Everton vs. Aston Villa
Date: 16/7/2020
Venue: Goodison Park
Time: 6:00pm

Everton welcomes a desperate Aston Villa, who are battling to beat the drop to Goodison Park, four days after a humiliating defeat at Wolverhampton.

The Villains were shock winners at home to Crystal Palace, a first league win since January but that might prove too little, too late as they remain in the bottom three, four point’s adrift 17th-place Watford.

Factoring Everton’s good home form, stability and experience, coupled with Villa’s Mbwana Samatta looking like anything but a Premier League striker, we tip Everton to wrap up maximum three points in this encounter.

Prediction: Everton 2 – 0 Villa

Leicester City vs. Sheffield United
Date: 16/7/2020
Venue: King Power Stadium
Time: 6:00pm

Life can’t get any further more difficult for Leicester City as they play host to Sheffield United at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes continue to hang on to fourth-place on the Premier League table, their poor form post the league’s restart on the verge of costing them only a second-ever UEFA Champions League spot.

Brendan Rodgers’ task isn’t made any easier by guests Sheffield, who are basking in the euphoria of recent Premier League victories against heavyweights Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

We back Jamie Vardy to net his 24th league goal of the campaign but with Caglar Soyuncu missing at the back for Leicester, they will be exposed against the Blades and the game ends in a draw, a result which possibly leaves their UEFA Champions League destiny hanging in the balance.

Prediction: Leicester 1 – 1 Sheffield

Crystal Palace vs. Man utd
Date: 16/7/2020
Venue: Selhurst Park
Time: 8:15pm

Manchester United must produce an instant response when they make the difficult but necessary trip to London to play Crystal Palace in one of three potential cup final games of their Premier League campaign.

The Red Devils have been on a high since the restart of the league, reviving their UEFA Champions League pursuit, but an unexpected last-minute slip-up which definitely wasn’t in the script against Southampton now sees them eagerly anticipating either Chelsea or Leicester City to drop points while they win all their remaining matches.

We predict Manchester United to extend their unbeaten run by securing yet another victory against Palace, who are on a five-game losing streak, a run which should increase to six after this game.

Prediction: Palace 0 – 2 Man Utd

Southampton vs. Brighton
Date: 16/7/2020
Venue: Saint Mary’s Stadium
Time: 8:15pm

Southampton and Brighton face off in what should be an exciting South Coast derby at the Saint Mary’s Stadium on Thursday night.

The Saints have impressed since the Premier League’s restart, confirming survival for the season and also taking four crucial points off Manchester giants, City and United.

They are up against a Brighton side who will likely pose a threat in phases of the game with their excellent ball movement and distribution, but we expect Southampton to be too strong for the visiting team, secure a victory, their first at home in the Premier League in this derby with Danny Ings on the score sheet.

Prediction: Southampton 2 – 0 Brighton

West Ham United vs. Watford
Date: 17/7/2020
Venue: London Stadium
Time: 8:00pm

The big relegation battle at the bottom between West Ham United and Watford concludes game-week 36 at the London Stadium on Friday night.

The two teams have an equal number of points (34) and will be looking for that win which effectively confirms safety for the season.

The Hammers have blown hot-and-cold all season but same can also be said of the Hornets, whose recent two home wins ended a disastrous run of results.

There is very little to settle two inconsistent teams, but one man might just be the major difference based on his current form, West Ham forward Michail Antonio.

Prediction: Hammers 2 –1 Watford

Disclaimer- Predictions are just for fun, based on analysis. We do NOT sell or guarantee results.

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